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New images of planned £500m Leeds station development revealed

New images of planned £500m Leeds station development revealed

06.11.17: Images revealing how the remodelled Leeds station could look have been revealed today. The images, which have been released as part of the new report, ‘the Leeds integrated station masterplan,’ are based on the set of principles for...

HS2 unveils bidders for lucrative £2.75bn train contracts

HS2 unveils bidders for lucrative £2.75bn train contracts

02.11.17: The shortlist of companies who will compete for the lucrative £2.75bn contract to build the new HS2 fleet have been revealed today. Alstom, Bombardier, Hitachi Rail Europe, Spanish manufacturer Patentes Talgo S.L.U and Siemens PLC wil...

MP accuses former HS2 chief executive of ‘defrauding taxpayers’

MP accuses former HS2 chief executive of ‘defrauding taxpayers’

31.10.17: Former HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby has been accused of defrauding taxpayers after the company made £1.7m in unauthorised redundancy payments. Kirby, now chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce, reportedly received an email from the...

HS2 loses another executive as CFO resigns over redundancy payments

HS2 loses another executive as CFO resigns over redundancy payments

25.10.17: HS2 Ltd has announced that another one of its bosses will leave the company at the end of the financial year. Chief financial officer, Steve Allen, will leave HS2 following irregularities in the project’s redundancy payments that we...

HS2 preparation works ran £200m under budget, says DfT

HS2 preparation works ran £200m under budget, says DfT

23.10.17: Spending on preparation for HS2 went over £200m under budget, according to a report by the Department for Transport. The High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 Expenditure Report, which details the total spending for the period from 1 Apr...

University of Leeds to develop £10m high-speed rail centre

University of Leeds to develop £10m high-speed rail centre

18.10.17: The University of Leeds is spending £10m on a major high-speed rail technology and system integration centre. The Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration will allow advanced planning, design, construction and manufacturin...

Councillors consider £500m Leeds station upgrade

Councillors consider £500m Leeds station upgrade

12.10.17: Proposals to make £500m worth of changes to Leeds station in order to transform it into an integrated central hub for HS2 have been discussed by councillors this week. The plans, which relate to both the high-speed rail and North...

Griffiths: Future of northern transport hinges on HS2 links with NPR

Griffiths: Future of northern transport hinges on HS2 links with NPR

06.10.17: The future of transport in the north will be defined by how HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will work together, Paul Griffiths, managing director of HS2 Phase 2 has argued. During an informative address to delegates at the TransCityR...

East Midlands outlines plans to ‘put HS2 site to good use’

East Midlands outlines plans to ‘put HS2 site to good use’

04.10.17: A new strategy has been released that outlines how HS2 will add thousands of jobs and billions of pounds to the East Midlands economy. Back in July, the government confirmed the route for phase 2 of HS2, running from the West Midlands throu...

HS2 slams claim that line ‘won’t work’ without Crossrail 2

HS2 slams claim that line ‘won’t work’ without Crossrail 2

26.09.17: HS2 Ltd has this week hit back at claims that the planned high-speed line will “not work properly” without the proposed Crossrail 2 route. Euston is one of London’s most crowded stations, already handling more than double...

A remarkable project

A remarkable project

25.09.17: Businesses from across the UK of all types and sizes will help make HS2 an exemplary project, writes Will Roberts, communications director UK & Ireland at Alstom and director at High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL). It’s ...

Yes, HS2 is on track

Yes, HS2 is on track

21.09.17: Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21, reflects on what have been a busy few months for HS2 and the progress made to date. In its review of post-general election investment priorities, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) called for...

Griffiths takes over reins as MD of HS2 phase 2

Griffiths takes over reins as MD of HS2 phase 2

19.09.17: Paul Griffiths has taken over as managing director of phase 2 at HS2 following the departure of Alison Munro, it has today been revealed. Munro left the company at the end of August, with former phase 2b development director Griffiths the f...

WMCA confirms £27.5m funding for new HS2 Curzon tram stop

WMCA confirms £27.5m funding for new HS2 Curzon tram stop

19.09.17: A £27.5m funding package has been granted by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to support the construction of a new Midland Metro tram stop at the proposed HS2 Curzon station. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) will also ben...

Flexible skills for a changing industry

Flexible skills for a changing industry

18.09.17: Beth Curtis, head of partnerships and communications at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), tells RTM’s Luana Salles that the new training centres will focus on developing a workforce capable of adapting to ever-changing indu...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >